Filming has begun on the third run of ITV’s hit crime series Whitechapel which stars Rupert Penry-Jones and Phil Davis as detectives solving crimes inspired by legends of the East End.
The broadcaster commissioned the latest series in March after two earlier successful series drew audiences of up to 8.1 million.
The show first aired in 2009 with a three-part story which saw DI Chandler (Penry-Jones) hunting a copycat killer following in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. A second run, which aired last year, saw the detectives trying to uncover the truth behind modern-day Kray twins.
The series also stars Steve Pemberton as East End historian and would-be amateur detective Edward Buchan.
In the new run Chandler and his team are still based in Whitechapel police station and have rescued an archive of crime files and papers beneath the incident room which Buchan eagerly begins sorting.
When a new case lands on the team’s desk and the race is on to find the killer, Miles (Davis) is cynical about Buchan’s value to the team, but Chandler is convinced that history holds clues.
Executive Producer, Sally Woodward Gentle says: “The East End of London is steeped in history, secrets and gore and we now have the opportunity to take Chandler, Miles and Buchan to places darker still. If you thought the Ripper and Krays were scary, just wait.”